By the time the field trip was over I realized all of my kids were in desperate need of a nap. We collectively decided Klausine would stay home from school and we would make their all time favorite lunch then they would have a nap.
Now whenever I think they need a nap it never seems to work out but this time I was right. After everyone polished off their foot I read stories and tucked them in. Within about half an hour they were all sound asleep. I was actually able to fold laundry and clean off two counter tops in the kitchen. Now that I have realized keeping the puppy in a large box is a really good idea I think I will be able to get back to life. He wouldn't sleep unless someone was sitting with him but now in this box he cries for a minute or two and then sleeps soundly. I have also learned it helps to strengthen their little bladders. We still let him sleep in our bed last night but he takes his naps in the box.
I survived going back to work after four days off and was happy to come home last night to a pretty clean upstairs floor!
All and all a pretty good day!